Jen Morris

Marble is canonical in the history of materials; its use dates further back than the Greeks. Through the lens of Western history, it has come to connote ideas of quality and value. Sanctioned Memory explores how political position, deindustrialization, globalization, histories of land control, permanent structural changes to a landscape, and the use of a limited resource have all contributed to the construction of an idealized version of American ideology and history.

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Digital Scan of Found Postcard
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View of the East Dorset Italian Marble Mountains and Mills.

Artist: Frank Childs
Lithographer: Ferdinand Mayer and Sons
Publisher: D. L. Kent & Co

1864

From The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library, Digital Collections
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Danby Quarry, Dorset Hill, Vermont

2017
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Digital Scan of Found Postcard
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Former Vermont Marble Company Site, West Rutland, VT

2016
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Marble quarry, Near Rutland, Green Mtns., Vt.

Photographer: unknown
Publisher: Detroit Publishing Company

Between 1901 and 1906

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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Young boy running machine in Vermont Marble Co., Centre Rutland, Vt. Location: Centre Rutland, Vermont.

Photographer: Lewis Hine

September 1910

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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Young boy polishing marble in Vermont Marble Co., Centre Rutland, Vt. Most of these are illiterate. Location: Centre Rutland, Vermont.

Photographer: Lewis Hine

September 1910

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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Redfield Proctor: Former Owner of Vermont Marble Company and US Senator; Former Governor of Vermont and American Secretary of War

2016
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Marble Mausoleum, Proctor Family, Proctor, VT

2017
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Davenport Political Cartoon from N.Y. American

c. 1903

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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Davenport Political Cartoon from N.Y. American

c. 1903

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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Davenport Political Cartoon from N.Y. American

c. 1903

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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National Cemetery, Alexandria, Va.
Photographer: Bell & Bro. (Washington, D.C.)


1868

From The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library, Digital Collections
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The Arlington National, Cemetery, at Arlington, Va.

Photographer: Bell & Bro. (Washington, D.C.)

Date unknown

From The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library, Digital Collections
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U. S. National Cemetery (Arlington), Washington, D.C.

Photographer: William M. Chase

Date unknown

From The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library, Digital Collections
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Sailor and Girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C.

Photographer: John Collier

Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944

From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
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Vermont Marble Company Commemorative Plate

2017
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Vermont Marble Company Ephemera, Proctor Library, Proctor, VT

2016
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Images of Danby Quarry in a Circa 1945 Photography Album, Archived in the Proctor Free Library

2017
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Sunderland Falls Quarry, Proctor, VT

2016
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Former Vermont Marble Company Site, West Rutland, VT

2016
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Sunderland Falls; the First Vermont Marble Company Quarry
2016
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The Vermont Room, Proctor Library, Proctor, VT

2016
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Marble Waste at a Former Vermont Marble Company Site, West Rutland, VT

2017
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Abandoned Marble Sample Cores, West Rutland, VT

2017
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Promotional Video For OMYA, the Swiss Corporation That Owns the Danby Quarry and Leases it to R.E.D. Graniti, an Italian Corporation, Rutland Vermont

2017
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Newspaper Clipping of Article about the Closing of the Vermont Marble Company by the Swiss Owned Corporation OMYA; January 28th, 1993, Rutland Herald

2017
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Train Car Labeled for OMYA, the Swiss Corporation That Owns the Danby Quarry and Leases it to R.E.D. Graniti, an Italian Corporation, Rutland Vermont

2017
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Marble Sample

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USA #1 (Americans Make Italians Break), Danby Quarry

2016
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Check-In Trailer, Danby Quarry

2016
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Quarry Office, Danby Quarry

2016
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Marble Blocks, Danby Quarry

2016
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New Quarry Room, Danby Quarry

2016
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Bay 16, Danby Quarry

2016
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Cutting, Danby Quarry

2016
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Loading Marble Blocks, Danby Quarry

2016
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Room and Pillar Mining, Danby Quarry

2016
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Quarrying Supplies, Danby Quarry

2016
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Software to Generate Veteran Gravestone Stencils, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Veteran Gravestone Stencils and Records, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Office, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Blocks of Danby Quarry Marble Cut to Become Veteran Gravestones

2017
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Veteran Gravestones Ready for Sandblasting, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Sandblasting Prep Room, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Office, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Veteran Gravestone Stencil Application, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Veteran Gravestone Stencil Refinement, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Veteran Gravestone Finishing and Packing Area, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Sandblasting, Granite Industries of Vermont

2017
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Bronze Star, Operation Enduring Freedom, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Changing of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Section 27, Civil War Era US Citizens and Former Slaves, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Section 27, Civil War USCT, Civil War Era US Citizens and Former Slaves, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Confederate Monument After Memorial Day Event, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Confederate Grave with Visitor Memento, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Section 57, Arlington National Cemetery

2017
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Rejected Veteran Gravestones, Gawet Marble and Granite, Inc.

2016
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Rejected Veteran Gravestones, Pittsford, VT

2017
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Rejected Veteran Gravestones, Proctor Pittsford Country Club

2017